Grandmother’s Ancestors – Siberian Effigies

Article By Olga Gertcyk for the Siberian Times 20,000 year old prehistoric effigies shows people of all ages and the larger figurines of the basic large grandmothers (which in all archeology are so inappropriately called Venus). These Siberian art effigies include men, women, teenagers and children, the new research shows. It’s true that in the…

Animism 101

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – An·i·mism is the attribution of the metamorphosis of our many souls, which is not our human soul. There is explanations of animism souls in knowledge form, but as an animism is basically the function of the dormant side of one part of the human soul. It goes much deeper…

Shamanism of The Nordic Goddess

“The Norse Goddess” by Monica Sjöö 1938 – 2005… The peoples of the north believe that everything has a Mother and that all of nature has a soul. The most important mothers are Mother Earth, Sun and Moon. The Sun was always female in the north – the because she is a life giving power after…

Peumo Dreaming

Argentine and Chilean Women’s culture of Shamanism: Photo of three young Mapuche Machis shamans in 1903. A machi is a traditional shaman healer and religious leader in the Mapuche culture of Chile and Argentina. Machis play significant roles in Mapuche religion and is a woman’s tradition, but on occasion there will be a male shaman….

Arkaim, Sauwastika, Swastika and Mesolithic Symbols

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – More and more on earth, our pre-history grandmothers who ruled the shamanic cultures are being revealed with more ancient artifacts surfacing. Its sad that only University, Archaeologists and Governments get to touch and see and we indigenous Slavs (who are shamans) and indigenous people do not.  I don’t have the…

How real Shamans Experience Life

Never confuse medicine person or shaman practitioner with real shamans, they are not the same, nor born of the same root, nor of the same lineages of the past and past lives. Shamans are both powerful and very weak from attacks from people and nature. That is what gives them their true strength from overcoming…

Szeptuch Shaman

Grandmothers  return is all about timing and I have found myself not enjoying the Slavic, Balkan and Viking Paganism, because it glorifies the maiden and the male dominance of leadership. I am a great fan of Slavic, Balkan and Viking Folk Healers, Female Shamans, Artists and Rituals that equally includes mothers and grandmothers actually leading ceremonies and leading spiritual teachings for the younger…

Marriage of Body & Soul

As a Folk Healer and Dreamer, I prefer to cover my clients, rather than myself in scarves and shaman clothing, unless its a group seasonal “soul retrieval” because its night time  when I do that. But on personal healing sessions, I prefer to do this because female shaman traditions before 1000 bce were very different than men shaman rituals that have evolved…

3rd Moon of Winter

Kulning is the word for the ancient Swedish women used as a herding call for the Reindeer Clans, that has its roots in shamanic cultures. Jonna Jinton shows us how its done with her strong voice. Kulning or herding calls (called kauking and kaukning in some parts of Norway, in the province of Dalarna in Sweden…

Dragon & Thunderbird Drums

Crow Nation, Native American – Buffalo Shield with Flying Dragon Pawnee, Native American – Ceremonial Thunderbird & Lightening Drum

Autumn and Winter’s Night & Spring and Summer’s Fire

By Phoenix at Elder Mountain – I respect all teachings of earth, and have taken the time to walk through the disciplines of many – not the philosophy (belief systems) or knowledge but the slower, more difficult and integrated paths that lead to wisdom. My life is dedicated to healing, awareness, sharing of personal truths…

Tigers in Tokyo

I call this 13,000 year old shaman’s effigy, the “Heart of the Ancient Tiger” because it has a special meaning for me. I have a very good buddhist, scientist and professional cellist friend from Tokyo, and although I had never had a dreaming with him before (the past twenty years) while he lived in the US, I…

Ancestress of the Magical Reindeers

The Ancient Saami – In the Folktales of the Meandash, the Mythic Saami Reindeer people, a Meandash young woman and the mother of Meandash, speak of an old wise and experienced woman (which in ancient Finno-Ugric tradition is a shaman woman). The Meandash-nijt lives in a human form and only becomes a reindeer upon the crossing the river of blood. She settles…

Black Eagle & Black Falcon Totems – The Kabardinian Tales

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Most totems are not permanent, they are cyclical, for example a totem may come seasonal only once, or for a few years in your waking life or in your dreams. A totem can also be a lifelong messenger and come around for decades. Bird totems represent our “soul” in dreams…